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What are some of the things that are not usually on the tourist list?

  • Explore and Visit off the beaten path places instead of the usual tourist spots Jackwil80 over 8 years ago

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    Take the muni for a few stops - always an interesting experience and lots of people to watch. Check out http://www.munidiaries.com/ for some info. over 10 years ago

    Answered by Ian C via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Where to begin....In SF proper, walking around the farmers market at the Ferry Building, hoof over from Fishermans Wharf along the waterfront over to the Marina and Fort Mason. You'll pass the Maritime Museum, brave swimming souls who take laps there, walk out along the pier, and over the small hill to the Marina and Crissy Field where locals play soccer, volleyball, go for a run. Yes, you'll pass touristy areas, but lost of locals amble along this way too.

    Golden Gate Park usually has something going on-the De Young has great exhibits and on the last Thursday (or is it first?you'll need to check) of the month they close late and often host vibrant special events where many cool and artsy locals throng; LOTS of fun. Streets close on the Sunday for bikers, rolleskaters and strollers, visit the buffalo pen and out to Ocean Beach and Sutro baths. Lots of locals make this an integral part of their weekend. Stop at the Beach Chalet brewery to catch some suds and sunset views. The bar at the lower level also has live music and is very local.

    The Haight/Ashbury always has free entertainment by way of watching the varied colours of humanity there. Very interesting place to lollygag over beers at Magnolia or tapas at Cha Cha Cha.

    My fave on a sunny warm days to hangout at The Ramp on China Basin where they have live salsa bands and dancing on the weekends. Jammed, party-mode and def not touristy! about 10 years ago

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    Wednesday nights at the Academy of Sciences is "social night" open to those over 21. almost 10 years ago

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    So many neighborhoods to explore outside of the tourist zone...

    The Mission (Valencia and Mission between 16th and 24th), is great for a real slice of San Francisco. It can be a little gritty, but a fascinating mix of people and businesses--and burritos that for $7.00 will keep you full for 24 hours.

    Hayes Valley--Start at SF City Hall. Go inside-- the rotunda is magnificent. Then wander down Hayes street. Once a grim and dodgy 'hood, now full of interesting boutiques and restaurants. Stop for a cocktail at Absinth (and these guys are artists so order something more interesting than a Margarita or a Cosmo).

    Union Street--hang with the fashionable Marina Chicks

    Noe Valley--where Marina Chicks move when have their second child.

    Clement Street in the Richmond

    Lots of great stuff to find, great places to explore. Enjoy almost 10 years ago

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    Definitely agree with the neighborhoods tour - you'll see how locals live and find the best restaurants. Add the Marina to that list and walk down Chestnut to Chrissy Fields for a nice walk along the bay to the base of the Golden Gate bridge. over 9 years ago

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    Have a beer at el rio and check out some comedy at the dark room. (both in the mission) over 9 years ago

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    Take a picnic to Levi Plaza Park in the shadow of Coit Tower and the Filbert steps over 9 years ago

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    There is an amazing automaton museum at the pier on fisher mans wharf. It is unbelievable and you can operate almost all the machines. It is a must see. over 9 years ago

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    Grab your camera and photograph the unique architectural highlights of SF buildings. You could literally spend one full day simply photographing gargoyles! over 9 years ago

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    Go to Haight-Ashbury and tell the zombie runaways to get a life. Drink 40s from a paper bag. Urinate on the shiny black boots of the doorman at the St. Francis hotel. over 9 years ago

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    Graffiti tour in the mission..... over 9 years ago

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    Totally plugging my wife's recommendations (chef, food writer, mission liver, SF born and raised): www.offthemeathook.com over 9 years ago

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    Music scene is killer! Find a few local venues... The small ones are best over 9 years ago

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    LEGION OF HONOR - best near-360 degree views ever (Golden Gate bridge), wonderful art, sculptures, exhibits inside. Land's End hiking trail, which runs long the northwestern edge of San Francisco, to the Cliff House, to Ocean Beach - breathtaking. over 9 years ago

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    Rent a bike at the warf. You will not be the only one, but you can go on your own and explore all the tips you have had, ref above. Cross the SF bridge and cycle on to the utter point where to boat takes you back to SF. Keep the time table in mind. over 9 years ago

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    Filbert street steps, picnic in Delores park, walk from ocean beach all the way over the golden gate to sausilito over 9 years ago

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    Have fresh crab if it in season
    Try the garlic restaurant
    Tons of factory clothing stores there also
    Horse back riding on the beach at del mars about 9 years ago

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    For something truly unique and fascinating, check out the Antique Vibrator Museum at Good Vibrations on Polk Street. From the 1869 steam-powered massager to modern portable models, you can see how society and technology have evolved in this free museum located in a fun neighborhood. You can see some of it here http://antiquevibratormuseum.com but you should check out the vintage exhibit in person, it's a mind-blower. (and it's free!) over 8 years ago

    Answered by Clombard via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Kirk Lombard’s Sea Forager Tours are an awesome coastal walking tour that combines history, ecology, gastronomy, and sustainability. Learn how to "poke pole" for the flavorful monkeyface eel, catch rock crabs, throw a "Hawaiian casting net," locate the best local mussel beds, and embrace seasonal local fishes - way fun: www.seaforager.com over 8 years ago

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